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Old June 9 2014, 08:00 PM   #181
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Re: The racist legacy of Star Trek

It's been a while sice I watched INS but weren't some of the Son'a children of the Ba'Ku in the settlement we saw.
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Old June 9 2014, 08:14 PM   #182
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It's been a while sice I watched INS but weren't some of the Son'a children of the Ba'Ku in the settlement we saw.
Close. The Son'a second-in-command's mother was part of the settlement and appears at the film's end, as she's re-introduced to her son by Crusher.

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Old June 9 2014, 08:59 PM   #183
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Re: The racist legacy of Star Trek

Geordi being blind is sooooo unrelated to his ethnicity!

Also Worf isn't "black" in Star Trek, he's Klingon. Same for Tuvok (Vulcan). Tons of Klingons and other Trek races are non-white actors.
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Old June 9 2014, 09:41 PM   #184
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By 'Their' I meant obviously the editors and publishers for the magazine, and it's pretty insulting and ridiculous of you to insinuate I was making a 'Those people' type reference to an entire racial group. Again, obviously, I do not think that there exist no black people who watch Star Trek. However I think if you took a poll there would be a statistically significant correlation between Star Trek viewership and ethnicity.
I don't know what you're talking abut since I recall saying anything about you making a 'those people' reference. And, which 'people' are you referring to?

Now the 'magazines' I assume you are talking about are the ones I brought out earlier: Jet, Ebony, and Essence. Since TNG premiered before MySpace, Youtube, or Facebook....the editors and publishers would go off of what controversy was being generated possibly by news channels and other mainstream media...as well as word of mouth from black communities.

Now, in regards to your hypothetical poll, I think the Abramsverse has done something good in trying to get those numbers balanced. They are bringing in casual fans of all colors who might have not tuned in when Star Trek was just a niche franchise during the Berman-era.

And it's also pretty hypocritical for you to make that kind of knee-jerk accusation while at the same time insisting that anybody who disagrees with you isn't in the 'Club' of people whose opinion counts. If you mean to really debate this issue, please refrain from all knee-jerk stock straw man attacks and other ad-hominem tactics.
What is this 'club' you speak of? So we can look deeply in these alleged knee-jerk, ankle-jerk, arm-jerk accusations?

Nobody is claiming Code of Honor is the only racist thing about Star Trek, however I am arguing it is the only real example that is far above the norm for contemporary network television. You keep saying "What's the problem with an attraction between a dark skinned alien and Eurasian skinned human?" Many people have responded, there is no problem, but there's a big distinction between an attraction and a kidnapping. And instead of responding to that point you keep throwing out racism accusations and negation by association attacks.
You're saying 'nobody' as if you're speaking for everyone. IMO, there have been some pretty good contributions and people listening to alternate viewpoints (especially since there are different demographics on this board with different experiences - particularly racial experience). You seem to be the only one whose feathers are ruffled....and seeing 'knee-ankle-arm' jerk reactions and 'racism accusations' and 'negation by association attacks.'

And I keep saying 'What is wrong with a Eurasian woman opposite a black male?' (Um, no I do not. You might want to go back on previous posts and read again).



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Old June 9 2014, 09:50 PM   #185
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Lutan wanted Yar to fight and kill his wife Yareena, Lutan had absolutely no personal or sexual interest in Yar. Any interest Lutan showed toward Yar was a pretense to insight Yareena's jealousy, so that she would challenge Yar to a duel.
I was thinking about this today at work. I haven't seen the episode in a number of years, but wasn't Lutan impressed with Yar's fighting abilities on the holodeck? I seem to remember that's when the wheels in his head started turning.

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Uhura took part in many firsts in TV abeit she didn't get alot of meat with that part, but that's 60's TV, not trek in my opinion.
Unfortunately, back then a lot of secondary characters on television often contributed little. I recently watched an episode of Gomer Pyle, USMC. Gomer's platoon were on a training exercise or some such, and throughout the entire episode, not one of the other guys had even one line of dialogue. It was bizarre, as if their right of speech had been revoked!

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Travis in Enterprise, another smaller part but positionally important. Like Uhura, he just wasn't part of the "big three".
The Travis situation was also bizarre. He seemed to be about the nicest guy you ever could hope to meet, yet he never really got to do much of anything.

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Don't agree with much of anything in OP, but this should always be an open topic.
Agreed. You know, it's funny: all those condescending talking heads on news discussion shows always say "We need to have a dialogue" about this kind of stuff, yet it never happens. Waiting for them is like waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Here, as far as I'm concerned, we are having that kind of dialogue. Just normal folks with normal, everyday views and experiences. Call me a foolish optimist, but I too think it's a good thing!
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Old June 9 2014, 10:01 PM   #186
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Re: The racist legacy of Star Trek

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LMAOschwarz, actually the quotes you attributed to me are actually Yanks...from post #160.





(But you bring out some good points as always...!)
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Old June 9 2014, 10:04 PM   #187
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The Travis situation was also bizarre. He seemed to be about the nicest guy you ever could hope to meet, yet he never really got to do much of anything.
Maybe we would have seen more of him as the show went on. He sort of had that child-like wonder of the green ensign. Almost a callback to Wesley. They could have done a lot of interesting things with his character and his home ship and family. They work on his character a bit in one of the novels.

Though, I think everyone was drawn to the Trip/T'Pol dynamic. Trip was my favorite character from episode one, before I knew how heavily they'd focus on him. It seems like not many characters beyond the Archer/Trip/T'Pol/Malcom/Phlox characters got to shine much.

I wish the show hadn't been killed so early. Despite what others say, I thought the cast had great rapport, worked well together, and were placed in an interesting setting. But Braga steered his ship into the giant iceberg called The Temporal Cold War and sunk the whole damned franchise.
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Old June 9 2014, 10:05 PM   #188
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LMAOschwarz, actually the quotes you attributed to me are actually Yanks...from post #160.



Oops! No idea how that happened! That's what I get for reading and posting while I'm still in post-work decompression! Sorry about that, guys!
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Old June 9 2014, 10:06 PM   #189
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LMAOschwarz, actually the quotes you attributed to me are actually Yanks...from post #160.



Oops! That's what I get for reading and posting while I'm still in post-work decompression! Sorry about that, guys!
No biggie...
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Old June 9 2014, 11:07 PM   #190
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Have you ever known a man to kidnap a woman with intention to conscript into matrimony without expectation to consummate said arrangement?
There was no indication that Lutan wanted to marry Yar, she was a tool, nothing more.

his intention was always to have Yar kill his wife then decide to graciously let her go
Hard to say what would have happen to Yar afterward, likely she just would have been sent back to the ship with the medicine. She no longer served any purpose.

that suggests a civilization that places ritual, institutionalized machismo
Maybe mariaismo rather than machismo, given that ultimately the female is in power.

and superstition
Where is superstition seen in this episode?

over interplanetary relationships and common sense
Domestic matters definitely were a priority over interstellar ones.

And also considers women to be the property of their husbands.
Yareena had multiple husbands, Lutan held the status of "her first," when she figured out his plan she kept him as her husband (one of them) but demoted him. On that planet Yareena held the power.

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Old June 9 2014, 11:14 PM   #191
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Sorry for the ephemera on a thread with this kind of significance, nominally anyway, but Uhura's role definitely had that tinge as well, in Mirror, Mirror, which I don't think is the episode you're referencing.
Well, yes. Fair enough. A couple of instances, then.
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Old June 10 2014, 12:04 AM   #192
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Now the 'magazines' I assume you are talking about are the ones I brought out earlier: Jet, Ebony, and Essence. Since TNG premiered before MySpace, Youtube, or Facebook....the editors and publishers would go off of what controversy was being generated possibly by news channels and other mainstream media...as well as word of mouth from black communities.
I did not read those publications much at that time. Was it not uncommon for them to scan a variety of broadcast productions and feature commentary about those that in indvidual episodes or more integrally in their composition, portrayed egregious examples of racially based characterizations or judgements?
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Old June 10 2014, 01:40 AM   #193
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Maybe JJ Abrams or Bob Orci is actually OP?

They cast nuKhan as English allegedly because they thought it would be racist to "demonize anyone of color".
Well, Orci is a Mexican, so maybe that was a factor.

As for Forbin's question, "White" expands and contracts as needed.
I doubt Orci would care. Intentionally casting a white man to play a character who is Indian, because you think it's racist to have an ethnic villain is racist itself. IIRC correctly, Orci never said cast a person of color as a villian is racist.
Not to mention, insulting to the intelligence of the viewers, inconsistent, and frankly a little childish.
Since prior to Cumberbatch, the actors under consideration included Benicio del Toro, Édgar Ramirez and Jordi Mollà I think Orci, Abrams and Co. did care enough to try and cast someone similar to Montaban at first.

Khan's been played by a white man before. Yes Ricardo Montalban is "white". His parents are from Spain. Unless, of course, your definition of "white" doesn't include Spain. Heck "white" ( or at least "Caucasian") can be expanded to include India ( as well as Western Asia and North Africa)

Exactly how did this casting "insult" anyone's "intelligence"? How is it in consistent? (would casting a Hispanic actor really be better?) Childish? In what way?
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Old June 10 2014, 09:57 AM   #194
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Can't even remember da' name of a prominent, emminent, and pretty important black man in da' Star Trek universe! M'benga, man! M'benga! You know.....strong, black African brotha with a strong, black African name!
Scream his name, white boy! Scream his naaaaaaame!
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Isn’t it more like „scream in pain“? As we can witness for ourselves in “A Private Little War” he was a violent person who abused Spock’s obvious disorientation to give him a good beating and seduced Nurse Chapel into doing the same. (end of satire)

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Pfft. Threepio and Artoo are more likely inspired by the bickering characters of Tahei and Matashichi from Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress than anything.

Article on that film's influences on Star Wars > LINK
Really? To me this is one of the popular myths like this claim that “Forbidden Planet” had been inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. There are superficial similarities between the protagonists but if you actually look at their roles and function in the actual stories these are not really compatible.

Already Artoo strikes me as a rather smart robot. Not only does the Laurel & Hardy comparison fail to acknowledge that, but the two peasants in “The Hidden Fortress” resemble rather two Ferengi characters that are looking for a profit opportunity every corner they turn in the film.
I really tried to find these moments of Star Wars inspiration in Kurosawa’s film, but having seen it I felt it rather served as an inspiration for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (moving the clan’s gold treasure), if any.

And I don’t even think it’s a really entertaining film, IMHO “Rashomon” is a much more interesting introduction to Kurosawa’s art, telling a story from multiple points of perspective (including the victim!) where it becomes obvious, that everyone involved tries to safe face, so at the end it remains impossible to learn what really happened.

I also leave it up to interpretation whether George Lucas’ allusions to older Hollywood films were merely some kind of feels-familiar-technique or condoned stereotypes or both.

Another negative stereotype is that of Native Americans that is somehow reflected by the Sandpeople or Tusken Raiders. Luke Skywalker returning home to find Lars Homestead destroyed is apparently inspired by John Ford’s “The Searchers” (Reminder: The stormtroopers made it look like the Sandpeople had attacked the Homestead and killed Luke’s foster parents) and then we have the whole white woman abduction scenario in the second prequel movie.

In contrast, this kind of stereotype recycling or alluding is either absent in Star Trek or put into a reverse spin, noticable in the much criticized episode “The Omega Glory”: Here you have a village populated with Asian characters (Native Americans originated from) with the Caucasian Yangs assuming the role of the “vicious” American Native. The name of the Yang’s leader speaks volumes: “Chief Cloud William”… (compare “Red Cloud” and “Touch the Clouds”, a cousin of Crazy Horse).

Of course, Spock (Gene Roddenberry) correctly states that the Yangs behaviour is illogical (as is the depiction of American Natives in early Westerns). I believe we should consider this, the next time we take "The Omega Glory" apart.

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Old June 10 2014, 03:31 PM   #195
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Yes Ricardo Montalban is "white".
Ricardo Montalban was "brown."



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